Richard Wilson's visit to Pabna district
February 2004

These are a few of the photographs of the dugwells and sand pond filter seen in a rapid one day visit.
We visited several villages,   and were welcomed in all of them. In most of them sanitary dugwells had been installed, with piped water to several of the houses.  The rural electrification program helped this, of course, because an  electric pump was needed to pump the water to the storage tank.  A hand pump was available at the well site when the electric pump failed.   

We visited several villages,   and were welcomed in all of them.  I show a
sanitary dugwell in Ruppur
and the

 associated storage tank.

  On the left of the tank is a sign showing the names of the village committee (on L) which oversee the use of the well and its maintenacce.   On the right,  the owners of the houses to which the pipes bring water.  Over 1/3 of the villagers in this village had some arsenic related lesions and that made the villagers particularly garteful as evidenced by the

 welcome given to RW and Liah (also from Harvard).

   In another village of Durgapur we show a

 girl drinking the water

 from the tap in her (outdoor) kitchen    In Kashinathpur we saw a

 new sanitary duwell being dug.

  The laborer here is paid and comes from another village.   In Monakasaha we saw a

 pond sand filter,
 which is operated by a single person

 shown here with his two children.

I strongly urge any Bangladeshi living in properous circumstances in a western country to contribute $350 for a new dugwell in his village or $500 for a dugwell with piped water.  Send funds to  Dhaka Community Hospital        or  to Richard Wilson at Harvard University